Oct. 21 – 24-unanswered, first-quarter, points set the tone early in Hiram football's 58-25 defeat at the hands of The College of Wooster on Saturday afternoon.
The Fighting Scots opened the game with a bang, as return man Cam Pollard took the opening kickoff 97 yards for the game's first score.
Hiram was then victims of the big play. After holding Wooster on downs on the visitor's first possession, the Scots needed just two plays on their next as Gary Muntean found Jacob Lewis for a 56-yard score to expand the lead to 14-0.
The Terriers then fell behind 21-0 as Wooster needed just one play, a 55-yard completion from Nick Straughbaugh to Jason Cerniglia, to extend the advantage further.
Following a field goal by the Scots, the Terriers got their first taste of the end zone. Junior quarterback Randy Tucker needed just a four-play drive to go 61 yards. Freshman DJ Franklin bookended the drive, making the first catch for 21 yards, before finishing it off with a 17-yard score.
The freshman continued to play well throughout the day, finishing the afternoon with six catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns. He became the fifth Terrier receiver this season to post a multi-touchdown game, joining Jaris Foreman, CJ Maner, Luther Fortson III and Miguel Hernandez.
Franklin had three touchdown catches by halftime, scoring from 13-yards out with nine minutes to play in the second quarter, and getting in from 15 as the first-half was expiring.
Despite the freshman's performance, the Terriers still found themselves trailing 37-18 at the break.
In the second stanza, the Terrier offense was bottled up. The lone score by Hiram in the second half came on a two-yard run by Isaiah Jones, which pulled the score to 51-25.
Wooster would tack on one more touchdown at the tail end of the fourth quarter, rounding out the scoring at 58-25.
Along with Franklin's efforts, the Terriers were paced by senior Danny Robinson, who went over the 100-yard mark for the third-straight game. The feature back finished with 100 yards on 15 carries, and now has a career-high 824 yards rushing on the season.
Getting the start at quarterback after missing a pair of games, Tucker finished the afternoon 17-of-32 for 217 yards and three scores.
Defensively, the Terriers were led by Sirahn Fields, who finished the afternoon with 11 tackles, including three for loss, and one sack.
Hiram will return to action on Saturday, October 28, as they travel to Granville, Ohio to take on Denison University. The matchup with the Big Red is slated for a 7 p.m. start.